Lady Knights fall against number two Canby, 3-0

November 9, 2017

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Chloe Hess makes a play at the net against Canby during last week’s playoff loss to the Lancers.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

It was not the type of performance the RTR Lady Knights, coaches or fans expected last Tuesday at SMSU in Marshall. The Lady Knights would be playing the Canby Lancers for the right to play for the north half of the section cham­pionship. However, the Lancers had the better per­formance on this night as the sweep by the Lancers moved them to the cham­pionship game against the Minnesota Vikings. The scores were 25-21, 25-18 and 25-16.
Coach Brown had these thoughts on the tough night. “We fought to the bit­ter end. Yes, we just didn’t play the way we have been playing the last two weeks. We were tentative and the timing was off. Maybe we were just too excited about the situation.”

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RTR volleyball fans supported the Knights in full Halloween getup last Tuesday at SMSU.

Fun with Bingo daubers…

November 9, 2017

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Pictured at the annual holiday office party for Buffalo Ridge News with Bingo daubers in hand were (clockwise from left) Carol Kopel, Tribute Sports Writer Jim Kopel, Publishers Pam and Chuck Hunt, Michael Nelson, Pioneer Feature Writer Violet Nelson, Pioneer Ad Salesperson Bonnie Christianson, Dennis Christianson, Valley Journal Office Manager Nancy Mulder, Joe Mulder, Ivan Finzen, Valley Journal News Editor Shelly Finzen, Tribute Office Manager Michelle Breems (attempting to hide), BRN Advertising Manager Amber Casperson, Kathy Wilmes. Not pictured: Pioneer News Editor Tammy Mathison, BRN Photo Editor Sandy Hanson, BRN Managing Editor Mark Wilmes, BRN Billing Manager Diana Mertens.

Candy crusade

November 9, 2017

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Area children came to Avera Tyler Nursing Home on Halloween evening to pick up candy treats and show off their once-a-year costume choices.

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On to the state tournament

November 9, 2017

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The RTR offensive line opened up a big hole for Corbyn Sitzmann during the Section 2A championship game at SMSU. RTR advances to face Mountain Lake Area on Friday at New Ulm High School at 5:00 p.m. Presale tickets are available until noon Friday at the RTR district office.

Decking the halls with Halloween costumes

November 9, 2017

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Freshmen and sophomores at RTR High School got in the Halloween spirit last week.

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Big Stone Therapies to hold open house Nov. 14 in Tyler

November 9, 2017

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Big Stone Therapy staff, pictured left to right in front, are Morgan Blasius, PTDPT; Victoria Lau, OTR/L; and Elizabeth Fusselman, PT-DPT; in back are Jody Oetken, SLP; Laura Kerr, PTA/Clinic Manager; Jessica Olesch, Clinic Administrative Assistant; and Gail Beck, COTA.

Big Stone Therapies is holding a pediatric open house event on Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Members of the therapy team will share informa­tion on services that can support children’s devel­opment and improve co­ordination, balance, walk­ing and gross motor skills…

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Pool fundraiser scheduled for Sunday

November 9, 2017

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The Tyler Area Commu­nity Foundation will be hosting a fundraiser serv­ing Dad’s Belgian Waffles on Sunday, Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Waffles, sausages, toppings and beverages will be served. A free-will offering will be accepted with proceeds going to the Tyler Pool project.

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Holiday Boutique

November 9, 2017

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The RTR High School gymnasium was filled with vendors and shoppers Saturday morning for the annual Tyler Arts Council Holiday Boutique.

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Norman Petersen

November 9, 2017

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Norman Alfred “Nummy” Petersen, age 87, died Nov. 1 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin due to complications of Par­kinson’s disease.
Norman was born July 20, 1930 in Askov, the second child of Harald A. and Agne­ta (Nielsen) Petersen. At the age of two, his family moved to Tyler, where his father was a beloved teacher, prin­cipal and Superintendent of Schools. He graduated from Tyler High School in 1948. He earned his Associate’s Degree at Grand View Col­lege in Des Moines, Iowa, followed by his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Minnesota, majoring in mathematics and commu­nity recreation. Norman proudly served his country in the U.S. Army, stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and Fort McHenry, Maryland.
On March 7, 1953 he mar­ried Anna Marie Witzel at Luther Memorial Church in Des Moines, Iowa. Norman worked for Investors Diver­sified Services (IDS) for 14 years in St. James. In 1968 Norman and Anna Marie purchased St. James Print­ing and Office Supply, where he worked as proprietor and printer until Anna Ma­rie’s death on Feb. 12, 1980. Norman was hired in 1980 by the Experimental Air­craft Association (EAA) as an associate editor of Sport Aviation and Vintage maga­zines. He sold the printing business and relocated to Hales Corners, Wisconsin, and eventually Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
He married Loretta Ren­nick on Aug. 29, 1981 in St. James. She and her three children joined Nor­man in Hales Corners and Oshkosh. Norman retired from the EAA at age 70. Norman had a passion for for airplanes from the age of 12 after earning rides from a barnstormer at the Lincoln County Fair in Ty­ler. He earned his private pilot license June 19, 1956 and was proud to be an EAA homebuilder. He com­pleted his first single-seat EAA biplane in 1968 after 5½ years of building time, followed by a two-seater Starduster II biplane that required six years. He en­joyed doing aerobatics and treating friends and family to surprise loops and rolls. Later projects included a Piper J-3 Cub rebuild outfit­ted with skis and floats, and the start of an antique 1948 Danish KZ3 rebuild im­ported from Denmark. He was also a proud member of EAA Chapter 252 in Osh­kosh, the Midwest Antique Airplane Club, and the Quiet Birdmen. In St. James, Nor­man was an active member of First Lutheran Church, neighborhood bridge club, the Lions Club, founding member of the Fraternal Or­der of Eagles, St. James Fly­ing Club and EAA. He was proud to have attended 57 consecutive EAA fly-ins dat­ing back to the early years in Rockford, Illinois. His en­thusiasm and work helped to initiate the opening of a new airport in St. James.
He served as Watonwan County Police Commis­sioner and participated in many public services. In Os­hkosh, Norm was a member of Countryside Lutheran Church. He became spokes­man for the EAA Seaplane base and wrote numerous articles about float and ski-plane flying. Norman loved to travel to Denmark, where he was a member of the In­ternational KZ Klubben and attended a number of fly-ins at Stauning, Denmark.
Norman’s joys included his love for music, sing­ing bass in choir, playing his accordion and dancing. He called square dances through college, played accordion with the Polka Pilots in St. James, and par­ticipated in jam sessions at the Winneconne VFW. He loved his annual deer hunt­ing trips to Cloquet Valley State Forrest with his son Norman II and his annual fishing trips to Lake of the Woods in northern Min­nesota. He attended many flight breakfasts, taking his children one-at-a-time as his special guests. He cheered for the Minnesota Vikings even while living in Packer country. He was an outstanding speaker who always had a joke or a story to tell. He shared his hu­mor and optimism and was loved by all.
Norman is survived by and his memory will be cherished by his wife Lo­retta of Oshkosh, Wiscon­sin; his children—Teresa Pedersen of Kuwait, Nor­man (Joanna) Pedersen II of Mankato, Nancy Petersen of Woodbury, Janis Weikle of Hector, and Kari Jo (Dwight) Bullard of Oakdale. Step-children include Lisa (Dan) Morse of Whitehall, Michi­gan, Troy (Heidi) Toelle of Twin Lakes, Michigan and Wynette (Beau) Jero of Axtel, Texaas. Surviving siblings include, Julia (Jim) Steinmetz of Midland, Mich­igan, Paul (Marilyn) Peters­en of Minnetonka, and Niel (Marlys) Petersen of Min­netonka. Norman had 17 grandchildren, 5-plus great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. The last 8½ years of Norman’s life were spent at Evergreen Retirement Community in Oshkosh.
A memorial service cel­ebrating his life will be held Monday, Nov. 13, 11 a.m. in the EAA Founders Wing, 3000 Poberezny Road in Os­hkosh, Wisconsin with the Rev. Ed Riddick officiating. A time of visitation will be held in the Founders Wing from 9 a.m. until the time of service. There will be a time of storytelling and a lunch following the service. Memorials may be made to Grand View College, EAA Young Eagles Program, and Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler.

School board contemplates future building decisions

November 2, 2017

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Interim Superintendent Lee Warne

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
As part of the Public Forum at last week’s regular RTR School Board meeting, Polly Dressen of Tyler asked that the board consider new construction for RTR facilities.
“It isn’t economically feasible to continue fixing our old school buildings,” Dressen said. “Maybe it’s time to seriously put together plans for a new school…

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